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Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
Avoid this recipe if you are lactose intolerant.

Sodium
This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
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Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free pasta in this dish.

 

"The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it."
- Arnold H. Glasow, Humorist

The refrigerator light goes on...

This recipe for Chicken a la King should be familiar to almost anyone growing up in the 50s and 60s. There are dozens of variations, and when I looked at really old recipes, there are a few ingredients in common across the spectrum of what people have published. The basis of mushrooms and chicken in a cream sauce is what makes it Chicken a la King, but the peppers are common to many versions. The richness of the sherry combined with the sweetness of the vegetables and umami flavors from the mushrooms and chicken make this a surprisingly elegant dish.

Flat Leaf or Italian Parsley

In most markets you will find two parsleys to choose from. The flat-leaf or Italian parsley that is used in this recipe is not as common. It has a stronger, spicier flavor than the ubiquitous curly-leaf variety. Both add a bright, fresh taste to recipes. Flat leaf parsley holds up a little better with prolonged heating and I use it in recipes like this where the herb will be cooked with other ingredients. The flavor of curly parsley is softer, tends to lose its flavor much faster, and I add it near the end of recipes.


 

Chicken a la King



Servings = 2 | Serving size =4 ounces chicken with pasta and veggies

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe makes good leftovers. Reheat gently.

2 quarts water
4 ounces whole wheat or gluten-free shells or fusilli pasta
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp unsalted butter
1 medium onion (diced)
1 rib celery (diced)
8 ounces mushrooms (sliced)
1/4 small red bell pepper (diced)
1/4 small green bell pepper (diced)
8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast (diced)
1 tsp fresh thyme
1/2 tsp paprika
2 Tbsp dry sherry
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup low sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup 2% milk
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1 Tbsp fresh parsley (coarsely chopped)

Place the water in a large stock pot over high heat.

When the water is boiling add the pasta.

While the pasta is cooking place a large skillet over medium high heat.

Add the olive oil and butter and when hot add the onion and celery. Cook for about 2 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the mushrooms and cook for about 4 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the red and green bell peppers and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the diced chicken breast and cook for about 10 minutes. Stir frequently and cook until the chicken is firm to the touch.

Add the thyme, paprika and sherry.

Combine the cornstarch with chicken stock. Whisk until smooth.

Add the mixture to the pan and then add the milk, salt and pepper.

Stir continuously until the sauce begins to thicken.

Add the parsley and stir until the sauce is thick.

Drain the pasta and serve topped with the chicken in sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 4 ounces chicken with pasta and veggies

Servings = 2

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 502 Calories from Fat 75
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 7g 15%
    Saturated Fat 2g 9%
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 76mg 24%
Sodium 405mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 65g 21%
    Dietary Fiber 8g 31%
    Sugars 11g  
Protein 41g  
Vitamin A 30% Vitamin C 122%
Calcium 16% Iron 24%
Vitamin K 41 mcg Potassium 1197 mg
Magnesium 151 mg